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No, Trump Did Not ‘Threaten’ to Withhold Coronavirus Vaccine From New York

No, Trump Did Not ‘Threaten’ to Withhold Coronavirus Vaccine From New York

“But [Gov. Cuomo] doesn’t trust the fact that it’s this White House. So we won’t be delivering it to New York until we have [his] authorization to do so, and that pains me to say that,” President Trump stated Friday.

As they often do, the Democrat/media outrage mobs kicked it into high gear late Friday after President Trump delivered the latest updates on Operation Warp Speed from the Rose Garden.

After noting his administration would be working “to secure an emergency use authorization, which should be coming down extremely soon,” Trump then said the administration “will then coordinate the distribution of the [Wuhan Coronavirus] vaccine, and it will be approved, I think … very quickly, we hope.”

Trump later said that once the vaccine received “final approval” that it would be going to “the entire general population, with the exception of places like New York state,” the latter of which Trump pointed out would not get it right away because “the Governor decided … he wants to take his time with the vaccine. He doesn’t trust where the vaccine is coming from.”

The President went on to explain that “[Cuomo] doesn’t trust the fact that it’s this White House, this administration. So we won’t be delivering it to New York until we have [his] authorization to do so, and that pains me to say that.”

Trump talked about a minute and a half about Cuomo and the reason for the delay, which we’ll get into more in a minute.

But first, let’s take a look at some of the outrageous headlines that either falsely labeled what Trump said as a “threat” to Cuomo and New York or which bizarrely claimed the vaccine “won’t be delivered” to the state:

NY Daily News- Trump threatens to deprive New York of ’amazing’ COVID-19 vaccine as infection levels spike
CNBC – Trump says coronavirus vaccine won’t be delivered to New York
CNN – Gov. Cuomo responds to Trump’s threat to not send vaccine to New York: ‘He tries to bully people’
Politico – Cuomo says Trump is ‘incompetent’ and ‘irrelevant’ after vaccine threat

The big problem with characterizing Trump’s remarks as a “threat” to withhold the vaccine from New York is that it’s simply not true, which the video of his full remarks on Cuomo and New York specifically shows.

Watch below and/or check out the transcript for Trump’s full comments:

Naturally, New York state’s far-left anti-Trump Attorney General Letitia James jumped at the chance to virtue signal about how she would file a lawsuit if Trump denied access to a “lifesaving vaccine”:

If the mainstream media weren’t so far up Cuomo’s you-know-where, what they really should have been outraged about this week was what Cuomo said about the vaccine Monday, which is what led Trump respond the way he did Friday in the Rose Garden (bolded emphasis added):

Cuomo blasted President Trump’s vaccine plan Monday morning as “flawed” and went so far as to declare: “We can’t let this vaccination plan go forward the way that Trump and his administration is designing it.”


“You have two months, and you can’t let this vaccination go forward the way the Trump administration is designing it — because Biden can’t undo it two months later,” he said.

“We’ll be in the midst of it. And I’ve been talking to governors across the nation about that. How can we shape the Trump administration vaccine plan to fix it or stop it before it does damage.”


So who’s the real vaccine villain here? Cuomo, who did the actual threatening this week by admitting he had been plotting behind the scenes with other governors on how to “stop” Trump’s “flawed” vaccine plan before it got started, or Trump, who correctly pointed out Cuomo didn’t trust him enough to accept the vaccine and as a result would direct his administration to await Cuomo’s approval before sending the vaccine to New York?

Cuomo had the gall to tell CNN Friday in response that Trump was trying to “bully” the people of New York. And, with the grating arrogance we’ve grown accustomed to seeing often from the Cuomo brothers, the elder Cuomo donned his Superman cape and declared that he was “not going to let a bully push New Yorkers around, period” (because only Cuomo is allowed to do that, of course). He told MSNBC in another interview that Trump had been “incompetent” in his handling of the pandemic.

The governor’s accusations would be laughable if the issue wasn’t so deadly serious. The truth of the matter is that Cuomo’s disastrous handling (which he blames on Trump) of the Wuhan virus crisis in his state has been well-documented by even the liberal New York Times and the left-leaning investigative journalists at ProPublica. His nursing home mandates killed thousands of senior citizens in his state, which to this day Cuomo blames on everyone but himself.

Cuomo can crow until the cows come home about how “incompetent” Trump’s handling of this pandemic allegedly has been, but it was Cuomo’s one-upmanship political games with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio early on at the start of the outbreak that set the stage for the heartbreakingly brutal toll the virus would take on his state. It was Cuomo’s failure to get a handle on the virus early on that caused his state to become the “primary gateway” for the spread of the virus throughout the entire country.

It was Cuomo’s callous nursing home mandate that led to the deaths of at least 6,500 nursing home/assisted living facility residents and employees in his state.

And now it’s Cuomo who has said he will actively work with other governors to “stop” Trump’s vaccine plan from being implemented. Why? Because Cuomo all but shouted from the rooftops that he’d rather the process start under a potential Biden-Harris administration so Biden (and Cuomo himself) could get the credit for a process Trump and his team fast-tracked well before Democrats and the media deliberately undermined the public’s confidence in a potential vaccine while at the same time yelling at Trump for “not doing enough.”

It’s hard to know who has disgraced themselves more throughout this pandemic: the media or Gov. Cuomo? My vote on that is for Cuomo, who arguably knows more than any governor in this country the cost of playing political games with people’s lives while a deadly virus is spreading like wildfire. And yet to this day he continues to do so.

Cuomo is not the hero here. Not in any way, shape, form or fashion.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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I wouldn’t think New DORK would take it even if it were offered.

In the end this makes NY DEMAND access to a vaccine they initially didn’t want

JusticeDelivered | November 14, 2020 at 10:56 am

Cuomo argues much like a tween.

The Angel of death has spoken. New York City, the deadly epicenter of failed policy and decisions, would continue to vote for such. The Party faithful will be faithful unto death . Cannon fodder for the Rebellion against Trump and 72+ million and increasing Americans fighting this scourge.

SeekingRationalThought | November 14, 2020 at 11:00 am

Perhaps Trump’s greatest contribution to the nation has been his willingness and ability to show how truly venal and stupid the Democrat and “progressive” elites really are. And their mindless. babbling followers as well. As I’ve said before, that doesn’t mean that they are not dangerous. A rabid dog is dangerous, but it’s not smart.
The point is that you need to recognize how dim-witted these people are in order to combat their stupid, destructive and vicious ideas. The President’s recent treatment of Killer Cuomo is a great example of this truth.

    Sadly, stupid is also tattooed on thg e foreheads of many Repub!icans. Georgia Gov and Sex of State bowed to Stacy Abrams on voter signature certification in recount. in politics, many Republican leaders don’t want to legally win choosing to lose from voter fraud. They deserve their mistakes but we don’t.

Loathesome Leftist trolls. They know if they accept the vaccine when it is available, Trump will get credit, and that just chaps their hides. So they both reject it, and screech about how it is being withheld, knowing that their sycophants in the media will happily repeat both lies and their low-information voters will soak it up.

The bottom line is that there is a large but limited ‘first run’ of the vaccine. This production run was made parallel to the trial phases. Once final approval is granted additional vaccine doses will be generated.

If some Governors like Cuomo choose to play politics and refuse distribution within their State then the anticipated allocation of the ‘first run’ stockpile will be reallocated to other States who want it and will use it.

No State should be able to receive vaccine doses, refuse to distribute them and thereby deny vaccination to Citizens of other States. There is a limited amount of the vaccine until additional production catches up.

So Gov Cuomo can publicly climb down off his high horse or see those doses reallocated.

Everyday Cuomo sounds a little crazier.


Look, COVID-19 is not going to decimate the population of the US, even without a vaccine. IT IS NOT THE BUBONIC PLAGUE and this is not the 14th Century. If we use the “official” numbers of COVID “infections and “deaths” [totally bogus, but what the hey] 99% of those “infected” survive and over 90% have no significant symptoms. And, the rate of “infections” was steadily decreasing until about a month before the election, when suddenly and mysteriously it “spiked” all across the country. And now, it again the big “story”. Why? What happened on November 3? That’s right the election.

Look, there were clearly well documented violations of election law as well as incredibly suspicious activity which occurred in five “swing” states on the night of November 3. These activities coincided with a flood of votes for Joe Biden and wiped out a respectable lead for Donald Trump in all these states. This resulted in the news media calling the election for Biden. The actions were so egregious and visible that, not only could closer examination flip the election back to Trump, but people could actually be charged with crimes and go to jail. Now, suddenly, COVID is all that is in the news. The media revived the COVID scam to DISTRACT people from the far more important election fraud issue.

Please try not to be distracted by shiny objects dangled in front of you by the media. Focus on the priorities.

1) prove that both election law violations exist and that vote fraud was very likely.

2) obtain legal redress which will exclude votes tainted by the violations and likely fraud.

3) regain the affected states votes for Trump.

4) remove government officials responsible for election law violations and prosecute them and others for criminal acts associated with those violations.

If this is not done, we will never see a free, honest election in this country again.

As for COVID, it is largely a scam. So. party on, dudes

Trump didn’t. Cuomo did.

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